9The Child Advocacy Center welcomed new Executive Director Jasie Landeros to their nonprofit organization’s team July 1. Landeros is assuming leadership from Roberta Humphries who retired after 14 years at CAC.

Born and raised in Wade, Landeros is a Cape Fear High School graduate with strong ties to Cumberland County and the military community. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington, she taught elementary school for a number of years, even working in gifted education.

While Landeros’ spouse was stationed in Florida, Landeros ran the Prevention & Outreach Program for the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, where she focused on spreading awareness of child abuse through the education of children and adults. That program spanned across two counties.

Upon her family’s transition back to Fort Liberty, Landeros returned to teaching for Cumberland County Schools before applying for her new position at the CAC. She credits her excellent leadership and mentorship at ECCAC for her interest in taking this unique career path.

Landeros is eager to continue the success Humphries began during her tenure. Humphries effectively doubled the size of the CAC’s staff during that time period.

“Roberta’s done great work paving the way for the CAC,” Landeros shares, “and now she’s passing the torch, which I plan to handle with love and care. Her dedication and devotion to the mission of the CAC has so obviously impacted the legacy she’s leaving behind.”

Landeros hopes to continue with the organization’s forward-moving progress by connecting with their community partners and agencies to influence the advocacy of child abuse prevention efforts.
On the heels of facilitating several successful initiatives for Internet Safety Awareness Month in June, the CAC is currently in the throes of planning their annual Pinwheel Masquerade Ball & Auction for October. This organization’s staff of ten heavily depends on their board of directors and volunteers to facilitate this signature fundraiser and other events and initiatives throughout the year.

“Through our various community-focused efforts, I want to make child abuse a topic we openly talk about to children and adults–not something scary that we shy away from–and ensure everyone knows what the CAC is and what we do,” Landeros emphasizes.

“Ultimately, my focus is on increasing therapy services for children facing the healing process and on fostering key relationships and connections throughout Cumberland County via our schools, faith-based institutions, and more,” she concludes.

This mother, military spouse, and self-described “passionate advocate for children” is also issuing an open invitation to the county’s residents to consider donating their time, funds or resources to the CAC’s mission of working with community partners to respond to and prevent child abuse. The public may learn more about that mission and how individuals can get involved here: cacyfaync.org.

About the Child Advocacy Center

The CAC is a place of healing and hope. Joining hands with 19 community agencies, CAC provides a safe and child-friendly place to interview, investigate and provide support for abused children. The CAC also provides prevention education for parents and professionals in the community. The CAC looks to a future where all children live in a safe and nurturing environment, free from abuse.
To learn more, visit www.cacfaync.org.

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